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No timetable for displaced apartment residents to return


Wednesday marked the second day residents at a Richmond apartment complex spent the day at an emergency shelter following a flood. Some 30 people at Grace Place Apartments are living at a church with the assistance of the Red Cross.

Dealing with a disaster can be hard enough. On top of that, it's when you have the uncertainty of not knowing what's next that makes matters even worse.

With just a moment's notice, all residents were told to get out. A broken sprinkler in one unit flooded the entire complex.

"I'm trying to get in touch with the landlord now so I can find out what to do," said resident Scott McQuilla.

Wednesday the words "residents call Red Cross" were written on a boarded up door at the entrance.

"It's a little cold in here," Mcquilla said about the shelter while admitting he's thankful to have the option.

He spent the night at Fifth Street Baptist Church where the Red Cross has set up shelter.

"Twenty-seven people spent the night here at the facility last night," said Jonathan McNamara with the Red Cross.

Many will be right there again Wednesday night. Their building is declared unfit for living, with no time-table of when residents can return.

"As soon as they have an assessment for how long it's going to take to repair that facility they will let us know and we'll plan accordingly," McNamara said.

Belfor Restoration was on hand Wednesday afternoon, though an official with the company says its policy is to not share the status of ongoing projects. A regional manager with the apartment's management group said the company is awaiting damage estimates before it will have a clue when residents can return.

This as many of those displaced have nowhere else to go.

"It's not something anyone expected. It's just the situation. Take it with a grain of salt, say a prayer and keep on moving," McQuilla said.   

Wednesday, residents received transportation to temporarily return to the complex to gather their personal belongings. The Red Cross says it will continue to operate the shelter for residents as long as it is needed, however long that may be.

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